THE U.S. government has provided an additional P170 million ($3.5 million) to bolster the Philippine government’s capacity to help protect high risk communities against the impacts of natural disasters.
Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), communities in Metro Manila, Northern Samar, and Maguindanao provinces that are highly prone to frequent earthquakes, typhoons, and floods will be provided assistance.
USAID will boost the capacity of community leaders and local governments to mitigate disaster risks, improve early warning systems, and develop better protocols for more rapid disaster responses.
USAID’s assistance will also help train evacuation center managers to organize safe evacuations that include safeguards and social distancing given COVID-19.
USAID partners will be ready to augment the Philippines’ disaster response and logistics capabilities to deliver relief assistance when disasters strike.